WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), participated in a SASC hearing on foreign cyber-threats to the United States on Thursday.
In the hearing, Inhofe questioned James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, Hon. Marcel J. Lettre II, under secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command about recent foreign cyber-attacks.
Inhofe highlighted that because cyber-threats cannot be eliminated entirely we must manage the cyber-risk, a point Clapper and Rogers made in a joint statement. Clapper responded, “the major point here is, if there is any connection what so ever with the internet, there is an inherent security vulnerability and we have to manage that.”
Finally, in response to Inhofe’s question as to which countries pose the greatest threat to U.S. infrastructure, Adm. Rogers replied, “the Russians are the pure competitor of us, but I look at other nations, China for example, and the level of capability and investment they’re making; I’m watching their abilities rise significantly. Iran and North Korea’s [abilities are rising] currently at a moderate level.” Rogers continued, “but clearly the level of investment and ability we’re seeing, and their willingness to employ cyber in some very aggressive ways, would be way beyond our normal risk calculus.”
To watch Inhofe’s full time of questioning, click here.